Fun Things to Do in Park City, Utah

Fun Things to Do in Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah, is one of the truly great skiing destinations in the United States. Combining three individual resorts with a vibrant, upscale ski town, Park City offers a great atmosphere for skiers and their family members who might prefer to spend their vacations shopping or in a hot tub. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy in Park City year round, so whether you're a winter-lover or not, it's a worthwhile destination.

Skiing

Park City has three major ski resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons and Deer Valley. Altogether, the resorts encompass over 9,000 acres of terrain, making Park City an excellent choice for skiers who like to explore a new run every day. Each mountain is located within the town itself, so wherever you choose to ski on a given day, there's very little commute to get there. PCMR also offers night skiing, for those who crave more after a full day of powder and groomers. Plan ahead and sign up for free skiing on your day of arrival; it's available through the Chamber of Commerce. And for a truly memorable skiing experience, consider taking the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour, in which you'll ski back country runs between and through two Park City resorts (PCMR and DV) and four other Utah mountains (Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Alta) -- all in a single day.

Snowboarding

Ordinarily, skiing and snowboarding make up one category, but in Park City (and Utah) you have to be a little more careful. Deer Valley is one of only three resorts in the U.S. that doesn't allow snowboarding, so that one's off limits. Luckily for riders, you still have access to Park City's two largest resorts, covering 7,000 acres of territory. Enjoy the sprawling diversity of The Canyons or head over to PCMR for world-class freestyle terrain -- it is one of the premier freestyle destinations in the country, hosting the World Superpipe Championships. It also features a top-notch, progressive park system with four parks, one of which is lighted for night riding.

Summer Activities at the Resorts

While ski resorts earn their livings in the winter, they also offer many fun activities in the summer. At PCMR, warm-weather activities include the Alpine Coaster, Alpine Slide, zip lines, human maze and scenic lift rides. The Canyons offers gondola rides and disc golf, while Deer Valley has lift rides as well as horseback riding. Each resort is also a great place to hike and mountain bike.

Mountain Biking

While skiing is Park City's first love, a close second has to be mountain biking. All three resorts offer lift-served mountain biking in the summer. Park City is home to some of the most highly regarded trails in northern Utah, including the IMBA Epic Mid-Mountain Trail and the famous Wasatch Crest Trail that spans the mountains separating Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The Homestead Resort

What's better after a vigorous day of skiing, hiking or mountain biking than soaking in warm 90-plus degree water? How about being underground in a unique geological formation while doing it? The Homestead Resort, which is a short 20 miles or so from Park City proper in Midway, Utah, is home to the Homestead Crater. The natural hot tub is a large, hive-shaped limestone rock with 55 feet of warm, rejuvenating mineral water filling its depths. You can relax and soak in the water, swim, or even snorkel and scuba dive. According to Homestead, it is the only warm water scuba destination in the entire continental U.S. Additionally, the Homestead Resort features an 18-hole golf course and plenty of other outdoor recreation like cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and horseback riding.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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